House Committee Votes to Close Tax Credit Loophole!

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Susan Tully
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Friday, April 20, 2012
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National Issues
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Members of the House Ways & Means Committee voted 22-12 to stop the IRS from giving refundable tax credits to illegal aliens.

Last year, the Inspector General for the U.S. Treasury Department released a report revealing that illegal aliens annually receive $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits, primarily through the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC).

The Ways and Means Committee voted to close this tax credit loophole by requiring that individuals who claim the ACTC provide a valid Social Security Number (SSN), based on language introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX). Currently, the IRS only requires applicants for the ACTC to provide an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indiscriminately hands out to illegal aliens.

The legislation was part of a budget reconciliation proposal that now goes to the House Budget Committee for inclusion in a larger package aimed at saving taxpayer dollars.

FAIR thanks the following Ways and Means Committee Members who voted to close the loophole: 

If you have the time and you could call and thank them, as well.

Chairman David Camp (R-MI) Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA)

Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA) Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)

Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX)

Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND)

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)

Members who voted against closing the loophole include:

Rep. Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) Rep. Mike Thompson, (D-CA)

Rep. Fortney Pete Stark, (D-CA) Rep. John B. Larson, (D-CT)

Rep. Jim McDermott, (D-WA) Rep. Ron Kind, (D-WI)

Rep. John Lewis, (D-GA) Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., (D-NJ)

Rep. Richard E. Neal, (D-MA) Rep. Shelley Berkley, (D-NV)

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, (D-TX) Rep. Joseph Crowley, (D-NY)